Defoe bags brace in Royals rout

Defoe bags brace in Royals rout

Gareth Bale, pictured right, scored Tottenham's second goal in their victory over Reading

Jermain Defoe, right, scored two goals as Tottenham beat Reading

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Jermain Defoe scored a brace to hand Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas his first win in charge as his side recorded a 3-1 victory at Reading.

Defoe put Spurs ahead in the first half before two goals in three minutes secured the points for the Portuguese in the second period. First Gareth Bale's fortuitous shot looped over Alex McCarthy to put Tottenham 2-0 up and Defoe secured victory for the Londoners by slipping the ball past the Royals stopper after a mazy dribble.

Reading rarely threatened Tottenham's goal and Brad Friedel's only concern was picking the ball out of the net in the last minute when Hal Robson-Kanu scored a consolation.

The hosts thought they should have had a penalty in the 11th minute when the ball struck Kyle Walker's arm as he jumped for a Danny Guthrie free-kick, but referee Howard Webb ruled that Alex Pearce had fouled the right-back.

The penalty call aside, Reading were struggling to make an impression on the game. The seemingly inevitable opener came after 17 minutes when Gylfi Sigurdsson sliced open the Reading defence to find Aaron Lennon, who cut back for Defoe to finish from 15 yards.

Spurs pushed for a quick second and Defoe brilliantly took down a long, raking pass from the excellent Kyle Naughton to slip past two defenders but his toe-poke went wide.

Royals goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, making his top-flight debut, almost gifted the visitors a second when he dallied on the ball on the edge of his box.

Defoe pinched it off the 22-year-old and squared to Sigurdsson but Pearce rushed back to clear the ball off the line.

Spurs moved 2-0 up with 20 minutes to go through Bale. Walker skilfully slipped past two defenders and pulled back for the Welshman, whose scuffed shot looped over McCarthy into the net.

Any hopes Reading had of a comeback were extinguished two minutes later when a brilliant solo goal from Defoe killed off the match well before Robson-Kanu's close-range finish in stoppage time.

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